Healthy design in Jeff Vinik's project a hot West Coast trend
The healthy design that Jeff Vinik plans for his big development project near downtown might sound inventive.
And that's certainly how the project is touted by Vinik.
"We foresee our Tampa urban district setting a new standard for wellness and sustainability,” Vinik said in a Delos statement.
While clearly innovative, the project Vinik envisions is hardly alone. Wellness design is a real thing, especially on the West Coast.
It's such a trend that the Urband Land Institute San Francisco and ULI Northwest did a survey of existing healthy design projects in the San Francisco Bay area (the Dogpatch live/work neighborhood in San Francisco, Oakland's Fruitvale Village, Silicon Valley's Champion Station and the Intuit and Google campuses) and Seattle (Via6, Microsoft's Redmond campus, the Bullitt Center, Pike Place Market and Central Waterfront Redevelopment in Seattle, and Bainbridge Island Grow Community).
ULI came up with five characteristics of healthy design:
-- Transportation strategies set the stage for health
-- Healthy food and open space bring communities together
-- Health care organizations make excellent partners
-- Health is driving innovation for home and workplace
-- Place-making brings all of these together